Robert Andino
Orioles' Robert Andino: Receiving increased reps this spring
Robert Andino, 2B, BAL
2/19/2017
News: Andino will receive an extra look this spring while J.J. Hardy continues to deal with lower back problems, Rich Dubroff of Pressbox reports.

The veteran will get a chance to show he's still got something left in the tank as he embarks on his 11th MLB season. With Hardy's lingering back issues and Manny Machado playing in the World Baseball Classic, Andino should get a fair chance to usurp Ryan Flaherty for the team's backup infielder role. Andino's most productive season came as an Oriole in 2011, but even that wasn't much of a fantasy-worthy campaign. The 32-year-old is a longshot to move up the depth chart before Opening Day, but Andino's extra at-bats this spring are worth a glance.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Repaired knee nearing full health
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
2/19/2017
News: Travis says he's close to full health after having offseason surgery to remove a flap of cartilage from his right knee, Corey Long of MLB.com reports.

Manager John Gibbons said he expects Travis to be ready for full activity sooner rather than later. "We're going to see how he progresses," Gibbons said. "Hopefully it's not too much longer, but you also want to be smart with it, so he doesn't experience any setbacks." Travis said he's not feeling any pain, although he isn't certain the bone bruise is gone. The second baseman expects to increase his lateral movement over the next few days.

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Raul Mondesi
Royals' Raul Mondesi: In four-way battle for starting job
Raul Mondesi, 2B, KC
2/19/2017
News: Mondesi enters camp in a four-way battle for the second base job, The Associated Press reports.

While he is the least proven of the keystone hopefuls in Kansas City, Mondesi is easily the best defender and is most clearly a part of the team's long-term future, as he will likely slide over to shortstop when Alcides Escobar leaves after the 2017 season. If he were to beat out Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield for the starting job, Mondesi would likely post a batting average in the low .200s, but he stole nine bases (on 10 attempts) in 149 plate appearances last year, so he could be a big contributor in that category.

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Yoan Moncada
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: To make adjustments at Triple-A
Yoan Moncada, 2B, CHW
2/19/2017
News: Moncada is expected to start the 2017 season at Triple-A Charlotte, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.

Moncada got a taste of the major leagues last season for Boston, an eight-game stint that proved he needs more seasoning, so Triple-A is the most likely landing spot for the organization's top prospect. The 21-year-old second baseman learned from his brief stint with the Red Sox, in which he struck out in his final nine at-bats. "I learned that you have to be open to making adjustments because this is the best baseball in the world and you're going to face the best of the best," Moncada said through a translator. "You have to be open to get some advice and to apply it. That was the most important thing that I learned in my time in the majors." It looks like Moncada will practicing those adjustments for the Knights to start the 2017 season.

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Brett Lawrie
White Sox's Brett Lawrie: Discovers source of pain
Brett Lawrie, 2B, CHW
2/18/2017
News: Lawrie, who suffered through some puzzling injuries in his leg last season, discovered the root of the problem was with orthotics inserted into his shoes. Since removing the orthotics, Lawrie said he's feeling much better.

Lawrie was sidelined with what was first reported to be a hamstring injury, but the pain cascaded to his knee, calf and hip, causing a premature end to his season in August. The source of his pain wasn't discovered until October, well after the time he could return to the field for Chicago. Lawrie's upbeat entering training camp and ready to resume his role as the White Sox starter at second base, though his future with Chicago is clouded by the organization's acquisition of Yoan Moncada from Boston. Moncada, the team's top prospect according to RotoWire, is expected to open the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but should reach the south side at some point during the season.

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Jed Lowrie
Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Reports to camp fully healthy
Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK
2/18/2017
News: Lowrie (toe) reported to camp fully healthy, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

He has been running with no issues for months and is ready for spring action after undergoing toe surgery in August. He also underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum back in September and says he is sleeping well for the first time in nine years. Lowrie will be Oakland's starting second baseman this year, but has not been an above average hitter since 2013 (120 wRC+).

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Rickie Weeks
Rays' Rickie Weeks: Works out at first base Friday
Rickie Weeks, 2B, TB
2/18/2017
News: Weeks, who reported to Rays camp Friday, was at first base in his initial workout, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 34-year-old has extensive experience at second base and also was deployed in the outfield with the Diamondbacks last season, but will be acclimating to a new position in his 14th major league campaign. With the news that manager Kevin Cash has decided on Brad Miller as his second baseman, Weeks will be left to platoon with Logan Morrison at first base. Considering his solid .284/.368/.642 line and superb .419 wOBA against southpaws in 2016, the veteran could offer some serviceable production in his new role this coming season.

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Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Will stick at second base in WBC
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
2/16/2017
News: Schoop said he will play second base for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

There was talk of him moving to third base, but Schoop confirmed Xander Bogaerts will slide over to the hot corner. The Netherlands infield is crowded, also boasting the Angels' Andrelton Simmons, the Yankees' Didi Gregorius and the Rangers' Jurickson Profar. Schoop sticking at his natural position, however, should ease any concerns entering the tournament. Schoop's breakthrough 2016 season (.267/.298/.454 with 25 HR, 82 RBI and 82 runs) paints a sunny fantasy outlook for 2017, albeit with some downside because of his plate discipline woes.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Expected to lead off
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
2/13/2017
News: Pedroia will likely reprise a role as Boston's leadoff hitter in 2017, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Pedroia has traditionally hit second in the order -- and voiced displeasure about batting leadoff in previous years -- but hit well when he was moved into the top spot last August, hitting .363 with an .852 OPS to finish out the season.

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Ryan Goins
Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: Destined for DFA tag
Ryan Goins, 2B, TOR
2/12/2017
News: Goins appears destined to be designated for assignment as the Jays are committed to Darwin Barney retaining the top reserve role, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Goins sealed his fate with an awful 2016, a season in which he began as the Jays' starting second baseman in place of the injured Devon Travis. After hitting .179/.216/.308 prior to the All-Star break, Goins had lost his role on the team and was eventually sent to the minors. Now out of options, the 28-year-old is expected to be up for grabs on the free agent market by the end of spring. This may not be a bad thing for Goins from a fantasy perspective, as he certainly has the glove to find a routine role on the right MLB team. His value for the 2017 season will hinge on whether a new team decides to sign and play him.

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